The Crimson looks to capture its first-ever CWPA title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. (Wan Grabb)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's water polo finished the 2015 regular season 19-11 overall and 6-3 in CWPA play, slotting the Crimson in at the No. 4-seed for this weekend's CWPA Championships hosted by Princeton. Harvard will face off with No. 5-seed Hartwick, Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Crimson closed out the regular season with three matches last week.
Harvard hosted Brown on Thursday, looking to snap a five-match losing streak to the Bears. The game was back and forth throughout, but the Crimson was able to overcome its Ancient Eight foe, 7-6.
The Crimson closed the season with a Saturday doubleheader. In the first game, Harvard took to the pool against then-No. 13 Princeton. Harvard could not stifle the Tiger offense, eventually falling 15-7.
Harvard returned to the pool against George Washington, officially closing out the regular season. The Crimson offense opened the floodgates against Colonials pouring in 15 goals, with five different players netting multiple goals in the game. Harvard would go on to win 15-7.
the CWPA Championship features 10 teams and runs from Friday April 24 through Sunday April 26 in Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The top two seeds, Princeton and Michigan, respectively, have a first-round bye and take on the winners of the first two games of the day. If the Crimson defeats Hartwick, it will move on to play the winner of Princeton and the 8/9 seed game winner. The championship game will be played on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m.
The CWPA is offering a pay-per-view streaming service for all the weekend's action. Fans can watch individual games for $10 or gain access to every game for $25. For more information click HERE.
About No. 20 Hartwick
The Hawks closed out the regular season with an 18-18 overall record and a 6-4 mark against CWPA opposition. Hartwick comes into the CWPA Championship riding a five-game winning streak, with victories over conference opponents Brown and Mercyhurst. The Hawks offense is led by freshman Nikolina Mihajlovik who has netted a team-best 71 goals, while also boasting two other players that have surpassed the 55 goal mark, including sophomore Blanca Cuesta, who has scored 56 goals and assisted on 51 others.
Harvard and Hartwick have faced off on 30 occasions since the two teams started playing in 2001, with Hartwick owning a 28-2 series advantage. Harvard took the last match up earlier this season (March 1) 12-2.